Uptown Briefs – April 24

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Old Town’s Adobe Chapel to host silent film series

Silent movies have all but been forgotten by film buffs of today, but they will live again in a special series coming to Old Town San Diego’s Adobe Chapel Museum, starting May 10.

Save Our Heritage Organisation will present “Silent Sundays” featuring some of the pioneers of motion pictures, including the legendary John Barrymore, Douglas Fairbanks, Harold Lloyd and Rudolph Valentino.

Catch the early versions of Sherlock Holmes and Tom Sawyer, two classic characters from literature brought to life in the silent era.

The first silent film, to be shown on May 10, is “The Sheik” (1921), starring Tinsel Town’s first male sex symbol Rudolph Valentino as a charming Arabian sheik who becomes infatuated with an adventurous, modern-thinking Englishwoman (Agnes Ayres) and abducts her to his home in the Saharan desert.

Valentino’s sex appeal was so potent in this film that actress Bette Davis remarked: “A whole generation of females wanted to ride off into a sandy paradise with him.”

“Silent Sundays” will be presented May 10, June 14, July 12, Aug. 9 and Sept. 13 at the Adobe Chapel Museum, 3963 Conde St. in Old Town San Diego. Light refreshments will be served at 7 p.m. with the silent film beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10.

Project Pie is a big supporter of Dining Out For Life

Project Pie – Hillcrest will donate 50 percent of its profits to Dining Out For Life San Diego on Thursday, April 30 – making it one of the most generous contributors to the local fundraiser for the San Diego LGBT Community Center to help fight HIV and AIDS.

“Everyone is touched by HIV. It is really important for more people to give even more generously to causes like this,” said James Markham, owner of Project Pie. “Dining Out gives us a chance to give back and do what is right. This event also creates a forum for people to learn about HIV — and education helps everything.”

Project Pie – Hillcrest opened in 2013 and Markham immediately began participating in Dining Out for Life. The restaurant is known for allowing people to customize their own pizzas, using their high-quality, fresh ingredients at an affordable price.

“People love to build their own pizzas, but there are some favorites on our menu,” Markham said. “Our Four Cheese Pizza is a classic, but I love our Roasted Brussels Sprouts Pizza. It is a killer!”

Project Pie Hillcrest will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on April 30. No reservations are needed.

To learn about other restaurants that are participating in the fundraiser, visit

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